At Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie we like ricciarelli cookies, a typical Sienese delicacy made of almonds to be enjoyed especially during the Christmas season, but still very good all year round!
These delicious cookies seem to have origins in the Middle Ages, related to the production of marzipan that people from Siena certainly knew by the Crusaders returned from the East, and even the name seems to derive from “arricciatelli” to remember the shape of the slippers of the sultans of Orient.
This excellence got, in 2010, by the European Community , the IGP certification according to which the production phase must take place in a limited geographical area, in this case the territory of Siena.
Hoping to please all food lovers or just curious, here are the recipe for Ricciarelli (directly from the book “The places of taste in Siena”). Enjoy your cookies !!!
- 1 kg sweet almonds
- A small amount of bitter almonds, according to taste.
- 1,5 kg sugar baking powder
- Ammonium bicarbonate (3 g for every kg of dough) or baking powder (5 g for every kg of dough)
Grind the almonds, mix together all ingredients and knead until the paste is smooth and uniform. Weigh the paste and add baking powder as indicated. Shape into small lozenges and dust with powdered sugar. Bake on wafer or waxed paper for about 10 minutes in a 200°C oven.
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